BABYMETAL was featured in the last Kerrang's issue of 2016, the band received three different features. Kerrang reviewed their performance at The O2 in London on December 6 supporting Red Hot Chili Peppers, also announced that KARATE won "Song Of 2016" readers poll and Pop/Rock band Busted discussed "KARATE". Check the scans and full transcription below.
Kerrang reviews BABYMETAL at The O2, KARATE wins "Song of 2016" readers poll
----------Kerrang reviews BABYMETAL at The O2 on December 6 (KKKK)
TONIGHT'S DOUBLE bill is an odd pairing. For decades, funk has more often than not crossed the road if it saw metal walking the same pavement. But then. Red Hot Chili Peppers were never your average funk band and BABYMETAL aren't your average black T-shirt and riff brigade. From their very inception, both bands have been set apart by their respective freaky styleys. And together, they prove to be an intoxicating match.
For BABYMETAL, The 02 may be a step up from their triumph at the SSE Arena,Wembley in April, but it's a fishbowl compared to recent conquests at Tokyo Dome's 55.000-capacity shark tank. As such, even without their usual eyebrow-scorching, flying pyramid-riding stage production, the trio make light work of firing up an audience that isn't their own. With the poise of ballet dancers and the precision of ninjas, YUIMETAL and MOAMETAL are whirling emotional foils to SU-METAL's defiant front. Whether falling to the floor during Megitsune's searing peak, or delivering synchronised strikes throughout KARATE, the chosen three act in commanding unity that brings the crowd firmly into the metal resistance's fold.
Visibly impressed, irrepressible Chilis bassist Flea takes to the stage donning a Fox mask. What's even more surprising, though, is how full of surprises RHCP are despite their Grammy-winning funk rock being so familiar. Fluorescent lanterns descend from the ceiling and warp in shape with the groove, adding dimension-bending fluidity to the heavy-lidded pulse of Dark Necessities. Some live staples are noticeable by their absence, yet their replacements are equally revelatory. There's no Californication, but there's brooding rarity I Could Have Lied and more recent epic Dreams Of A Samurai. It's in the integral sparring between Flea's mellifluous bass runs and Chad Smith's tight rhythms that The Getaway's expansive approach makes sense, while axeman Josh Klinghoffer always manages to wrestle saturated harmonies from a psychedelic wash of guitar effects. Unsurprisingly though, it's hits like By The Way and Snow (Hey Oh) that nearly blow the roof off, with Give It Away closing the night in a blast of cartoonishly muscular funk rift and gonzoid animations. It's hard to think of many bills . where you'll see thrash-fuelled kabuki meld into ecstatic, elasticated funk. But whether you came for the funk rock titans or the Fox God, it's win-win all round.
Is it coll to come back to the UK with RHCP?
Su-Metal: "Yes! It is very exciting to come and play with a band like them."
How did it feel when they asked you to tour with them?
Su-Metal: "At first it was totally unbelievable to have them give us such an opportunity. When I saw their set at Fuji Rock in the summer, I met one of their staff people, and they told me that RHCP had been watching BABYMETAL's set. That was already surprising and unbelievable, and then after that, having them ask BABYMETAL to tour with them was even more surprising! And our world tour started in the UK, and with this tour it's going to end in the UK as well. I'm really happy to able to do that."
---------KARATE wins Readers Poll Song Of 2016
Either the Fox God has been interfering with the voting system, or BABYMETAL really did release one of the tracks of the year Foxes are known for being pretty sly, so we've done a recount and it all checks out. Phew! Congrats, BABYMETAL.
1. BABYMETAL - KARATE
2. GREEN DAY - BANG BANG
3. TWENTY ONE PILOTS - HEATHENS
4. AVENGED SEVENFOLD - THE STAGE
5. ANDY BLACK - WE DON'T HAVE TO DANCE
Moametal: "I would like to thank all of the readers who voted for KARATE to be Kerrang!'s Song Of 2016! KARATE is a martial art based uport, the principle of facing oneself. I hope that we as BABYMETAL can advance taa higher level through all of the experiences we've ha so far. Thank you for this award!"
--------- Busted discuss "KARATE"
Busted are an English pop rock band consisting of James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson. Formed in 2000, released two studio albums, Busted (2002) and A Present for Everyone (2003), one compilation album and one live album before breaking up in January 2005. Busted have sold over 5 million albums worldwide. Released their third studio album, Night Driver, on 25 November 2016.
Matt: "I fucking love this so much.This riff is fucking amazing!"
Charlie: "Dude, if you like this, you'll like some Meshuggah shit!"
Matt: "My kids listen to this — they love it. I put it on in the car and my son's like,`Put on the Japanese girls, daddy!' I'm like,'Alrighti. They've got all these routines, haven't they?"
Charlie: "I think this is a little sugary metal surprise! Only the Japanese could come up with something as crazy as this, but it's brilliant"
Matt: "I've seen them do this (holds up Fox God hands).We need our own little hand sign!"
Articles by: Kerrang Magazine
Get your copy on: Newstand.
Scan by: The Thrawn
Transcription: Maik Gianino
Busted info via: Wikipedia